The ceremonial rector’s reception, an honoring event for students graduated from Tomsk Polytechnic University with honors (red diplomas), was held at the Tomsk Philharmonic Concert Hall last Friday. This year, over 600 people graduated with honors from TPU bachelor’s, specialist’s, and master’s programs.
Acting Rector of Tomsk Polytechnic University Petr Chubik congratulated them on the successful completion of the programs and presented ‘For merits to TPU’ bronze medals to especially talented graduates who excelled in studies, research, sports, and creative activities.
Petr Chubik said:
‘Dear graduates, you have graduated from one of the leading universities in Russia which means there are no reasons to worry about your fate and your relevance to the labor market. This week, the University has entered the top 100 of world university rankings and yesterday – top 10 of the Forbes University Rankings which ranges universities on their capabilities to train the elite. Your successful future is predetermined but it is important to understand that the world is rapidly developing, therefore after graduation you will still have to learn new things every day, throughout your lives.
We sincerely hope that we have laid the necessary foundation, have trained professional skills to help you succeed throughout your whole career. And may you always be accompanied on your life path by love – the love of your relatives and friends, passion for the work you do, love to your country and, of course, love to alma mater that gave you a start in life.’
At the rector’s reception, 39 graduates received bronze medals. In total, 75 TPU students have been awarded corporate awards this year. Others were awarded commemorative medals for academic excellence.
Among the best students of the year, there are 172 bachelors, 13 specialists, and 429 masters. The overall number of TPU graduates is 2,000 people.
Kristina Paushkina, a graduate of the bachelor’s program told:
‘I would like to express my gratitude to the University and in particular the School of Energy & Power Engineering for the variety of opportunities in research, for assistance in studies, and for family warmth. Now I plan to continue my study at a master program, and to combine this with work at TomskNIPIneft where many graduates and TPU master students are currently working.’
Fedor Ozhered, a graduate of the master program at the School of Earth Sciences & Engineering said:
‘I am convinced that TPU is a good school of life and a treasure of knowledge. Thanks to TPU for providing a highly relevant industrial practice: thanks to this I found a nice job and continue to work in my specialty at Tomskgazprom.’
The ceremony was attended by the administration of the University and guests who are well-known graduates of Tomsk Polytechnic University, the representatives of authorities and companies.
President of TPU Alumni Association Egor Yazikov who is also a professor at the Division of Geology said:
‘Our alumni are everywhere: about 2,000 people work at the Siberian Chemical Combine, about 1,000 – at Tomskneftechim, circa 600 – at the Mining Chemical Combine in Krasnoyarsk.
TPU Alumni Association has about 40 offices that are located not only in Russia but also in China, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and other countries. You are the light of our University and we will be happy if thanks to you our offices expand throughout the world.’
Deputy of General Director for Common Affairs of Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk Konstantin Kravchenko said:
‘I graduated from Tomsk Polytechnic University 25 years ago and now I participate in awarding the best students. This year, the company begins to supply gas to the People’s Republic of China but we still have to complete the construction of a number of pipelines and stations and we hope that we will build them together with you. Today I wish you to find a job that will bring you pleasure and a decent income.’
Besides awarding, the participants of the ceremony also enjoyed the performances of the TPU Dance Team, the Ataka show ballet, the Bailando vocal trio, the Sibirinka choreographic ensemble, and other creative groups.